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Listening to the "Playing Politics" podcast from the Star Tribune and WCCO Radio is like taking a seat at the Editorial Board table and hearing an informed and opinionated weekly discussion of all things political in Minnesota and the nation. "Playing Politics" features WCCO’s Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune’s John Rash in addition to editorial writer Patricia Lopez and columnists Lori Sturdevant and D.J. Tice – award-winning journalists who bring varied perspectives to the issues of the day.

EPISODE 103
April 20
This combination photo shows President Donald Trump speaking during a roundtable discussion on tax policy in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., on April 5,

Listen: Comey book roils Washington

The former FBI director's high profile contrasts with the low profile of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 102
April 6
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Baltic leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Washington.

Listen: Trump ramps up trade dispute with China

Beijing's response to Washington's tariffs may hit Minnesota and other Midwestern states. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez
EPISODE 101
March 28
In this March 26, 2018, photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center left, his wife Ri Sol Ju, left, are accompanied by Chinese counterpart Xi Jinpi

Listen: North Korea negotiations gaining traction?

Kim Jong-Un's surprise trip to China suggests a substantive meeting with President Donald Trump is possible. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 100
February 28
A Dick's Sporting Goods store is seen in Arlington Heights, Ill., Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.

Listen: The politics – and business – of the gun debate

The shift by Dick's Sporting Goods on its gun-sales policies reflects an evolving societal stance on guns. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 99
February 21
FILE - In this May 24, 2017, file photo, sun rises behind the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Minnesota lawmakers return to Capitol on Tues

Listen: Legislative session starts calmly. Storm clouds ahead?

The 2018 campaign hangs over the 2018 session as lawmakers are gaveled to work. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 98
February 14

Listen: Porter scandal scars White House

Questions continue over what West Wing officials knew about Rob Porter's alleged domestic violence. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 97
February 6
Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty spoke at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, Wednesday, August 29, 2012.

Listen: Pawlenty's move sparks speculation

On the day of the Republican and DFL caucuses, the former Minnesota governor resigns his lobbying job. Is he going to run? Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 96
January 30
FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. No natural orato

Listen: Beyond the State of the Union Address

How durable will President Trump's expected call for unity be? Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 95
January 24
FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Listen: Mueller investigation – and controversy – intensifies

Partisanship ensues as the special counsel's probe into the 2016 campaign is clouded by questions involving the FBI. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 94
January 18
U.S. President Donald Trump, right, listens as Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., speaks while meeting with bipartisan members of Congress on immigration in

Listen: Shutdown showdown

Washington works against a deadline – again – to keep the government running. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 93
January 11
President Donald Trump congratulated Steve Bannon, his chief strategist, at Bannon's swearing-in ceremony at the White House in January 2017. Trump es

Listen: 'Fire and Fury' engulfs Bannon, singes White House

The Trump administration reacts to a new book and holds an extraordinary open meeting on DACA. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 92
January 3
Lt. Governor Tina Smith. Governor Mark Dayton explained his plan to fix Minnesota's transportation systems at a press conference today. ] GLEN STUBBE

Listen: Smith swearing-in kicks off big political year

The U.S. Senate ascension of Tina Smith begins a year of campaigning in Minnesota and critical contests in other states. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 91
December 27, 2017
Amy Klobuchar, left, and Tina Smith.

Listen: 2018 political preview

Next year's elections will be consequential for both Washington and St. Paul. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 90
December 13, 2017
Confetti falls as Democrat Doug Jones and his wife Louise wave to supporters Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. In a stunning victory aided b

Listen: Smith appointment, Jones victory rock politics

The ascension of senators in Minnesota and Alabama will have immediate impact in Washington. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 89
December 6, 2017
Sen Al Franken waited to take the stage with wife Franni.

Listen: A cascade of calls for Franken's resignation

Several Democratic senators called on their colleague Al Franken to resign in response to escalating allegations of sexual harassment. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 88
November 29, 2017
In this Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, photo distributed on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un deliver

Listen: North Korea crisis escalates

The latest ballistic missile test is the latest governing test for President Donald Trump and other world leaders. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 87
November 22, 2017
Al Franken

Listen: Franken allegations, resignations from Legislature rock state politics

The national sex harassment story hit home this week. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 86
November 15, 2017
The opening sketch on "Saturday Night Live" featured Miked Day playing Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on a visit to the White House.

Listen: Harassment scandals roil politics nationally, locally

Allegations against Roy Moore in Alabama and complaints about two Minnesota legislators lead to calls for reform. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 85
November 9, 2017
Minneapolis mayor elect Jacob Frey spoke to the media at his headquarters after it was announced that he won Tuesday night's mayoral election.

Listen: City elections generate a generational shift

Youth will be served as Jacob Frey and Melvin Carter are chosen by Minneapolis and St. Paul voters. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 84
November 2, 2017

Listen: In St. Paul, attacks scramble mayoral race

A controversial campaign ad is met with backlash in the capital as both St. Paul and Minneapolis near next Tuesday's election. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 83
October 17, 2017
A voter displays a "I voted" sticker in a polling station at the Chinese Community Church in Washington, April 3, 2012. Voters are headed to the polls

Listen: How and why we make Editorial Board endorsements

Endorsements will begin next week for key races in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis on that and other political topics from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.
EPISODE 82
October 11, 2017
FILE — Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) during a Senate Budget Committee meeting in Washington, Oct. 4, 2017. President Donald Trump laced into Corker, who

Listen: Trump-Corker feud fuels more White House turmoil

The president spars with a senator of his own party, and Democrats reel after allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 81
October 4, 2017
A makeshift memorial to victims of the mass shooting on Sunday night, on the northern end of the Las Vegas strip, Oct. 3, 2017. A lone gunman opened f

Listen: Las Vegas shooting rekindles gun control debate

Calls for Congress to address gun safety legislation increased in the wake of the tragedy. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 80
September 27, 2017
Gov. Mark Dayton spoke at a press conference in Governor's Reception Room after mediation breaks down with Legislature's GOP leaders. ] GLEN STUBBE ï

Listen: Minnesota's political impasse intensifies

The enduring dispute between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders shows no sign of ending. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 79
September 20, 2017
President Donald Trump speaks Tuesday during the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York.

Listen: Trump's blunt U.N. address

The president's speech to the U.N. General Assembly was, like Trump himself, nontraditional. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.